Forest Watch© Land of the Leopard press service
12 June 2017

Forest Watch participants explore Leopard Trail

The first Forest Watch sports and environmental quest has ended in Land of the Leopard National Park. Its participants became the first visitors to explore a new walking route called Leopard Trail. Timed to coincide with Ecologists' Day, the event brought together over 150 people.

First, the guests performed a traditional flash mob by lining up in the shape of a Far Eastern leopard paw print. After that, 19 teams from the Khasan and Nadezhdinsky districts, Ussuriysk and Vladivostok took part in the Forest Watch quest.

The quest consisted of three stages: orienteering with a compass, solving a riddle using information boards, signs and interactive exhibits on the trail as prompts, and a trim-trail sports competition. All the assignments were to be fulfilled as quickly as possible.

"We had a wonderful environmental holiday. The guests filled themselves with positive emotions and found out more about the unique nature of their native land, about the Far Eastern leopards and how people are fighting to save them," said Zilya Ibatullina, deputy director for environmental education and tourism at Land of the Leopard.

The quest teams that took to the Leopard Trail on Ecologists' Day had telling names: Nice Raccoons, Hawks, Forest Dwellers, Angry Beavers and Over the Hedge. First prize went to the Dandelions. The Black Vulture team finished second and the Little Wolves came third.

All the guests were able to walk the entire length of the eco-trail.

"The Leopard Trail is well-equipped, safe and convenient. The Mount Buslenko assent is easy for people of all ages to manage," said Over the Hedge teammates Irina Konovalova and Oksana Moruzhenko, both teachers of School No. 2 in the village of Barabash.

The ceremonial opening of the Leopard Trail is scheduled for autumn.

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